EDITOR’S NOTE: Full disclosure, my wife sent this letter after spending 14 hours at the Leighton Township polling place Tuesday as an election worker.
To the editor:
Over the past few years people have heard over and over about the possibility of elections being fraudulent. I was a poll worker in last night’s election. Let me tell you what happened here.
There are three precincts, along with a special board for absentee ballots in Leighton township. Out of these three precincts, there was only one person who showed up without proper ID. According to state law, this one person can vote, but has to sign a statement as to who they are. (Chances are good that one of the poll workers will also know this individual as the poll workers often are their neighbors)
At the end of the night (polls close at 8 p.m.), each precinct spends several hours going through a very detailed process to make sure the number of voters match the vote count from each tabulator. This takes anywhere from two hours-plus to do this process. Once this is done, this information is then double checked by two people, one from each party, who were not part of the poll workers who initially prepared the report. If there is a discrepancy of even one vote, they must go back and figure out the problem.
Last night the absentee ballots were off by one voter. The tabulator count did not match the actual ballot count. After doing hand recounts of the approximate 800 absentee ballots they could not find the mistake.
By now they had been looking for the one ballot difference for at least three hours (now after 11 p.m.). Instead of giving up and saying “ Oh well” it was decided that they would reset the tabulator to 0, and they re-inserted each and every ballot again into the tabulator to recount not only each ballot number but allow the tabulator to recount each person’s individual vote. This took another two hours, but by the end, the count matched.
Their work must then be double checked by the two people (one Democrat and one Republican) not involved with this absentee ballot group. Once they are satisfied everything is correct, they are done for the night. These dedicated people finally left Leighton Township at 2:15 a.m. after working an extra seven hours looking for one vote that didn’t match.
Oh, did you know these workers started working at 6 a.m. getting ready for the first voter at 7 a.m.
BTW, you have a Board of Canvassers from the county level that will double check that everything this township did was correct once again.
Do not ever listen and believe our elections are fraudulent!
Coleen Wendel Young